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Unread 07-15-2013, 03:14 PM   #1
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Brass leaf spring bushings

So I am pretty new to this whole jeep thing. Bought a 93 about 3 weeks ago. The front was making a little noise when I bought it but after taking it out a couple times the back is now making noise. I was going to buy replacement bushings, but then I thought about just making some out of brass. I work in a machine shop, it wouldn't be too difficult. I have a few questions though:

1. Will brass even work? I know it used to be done on old hot rods and a lot of drag cars use them.

2. How can I tell if I have stock leaf springs or aftermarket? The only lift on it is a 2" block.

3. Does anyone have dimensions for bushings? I can buy some and then take them back but that is kind of a waste of time.

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Unread 07-15-2013, 03:34 PM   #2
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If you have a 2" lift block, then you are already spring over. Pics would help.

I don't see brass bushings being good in any situation on a Jeep. The bushings dampen a lot of road vibration and assist in letting your shackle move. Buy new bushings.
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get some poly and machine em out of that... or just buy them and save the effort
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If you have a 2" lift block, then you are already spring over. Pics would help.

I don't see brass bushings being good in any situation on a Jeep. The bushings dampen a lot of road vibration and assist in letting your shackle move. Buy new bushings.
He could be talking about a body lift. But I'd agree about SOA. OP post some pictures of your front axle. Spring bushings could be the least of your worries.
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He could be talking about a body lift. But I'd agree about SOA. OP post some pictures of your front axle. Spring bushings could be the least of your worries.
Thread title says leaf spring bushings hahaha
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Thread title says leaf spring bushings hahaha
I think he was referencing the "lift blocks"
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I think he was referencing the "lift blocks"
I get it now. I was stuck on suspension lift...
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Just buy new bushings you can get them for about $2 each, brass will 100% be a bad idea.
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I think he was referencing the "lift blocks"
Wood.... Use wood

Ok ok just kidding - get rubber bushings for the springs or poly body pucks. No reason to reinvent the wheel
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update

Here's an update on where I am at. I discovered they used brass in the past on old hot rods and drag cars because they don't go off road with them. So I am going to be using poly. Now my next issue is that I don't know what brand of suspension it has. I went to the local offroad shop today to talk to a few guys. The leaf springs are not stock, don't know if it is a 2" or 2 1/2" lift but it does have the military leaf spring kit. I have Rancho shocks, so I am guessing it is going to be Rancho leaf springs, but I cant find any numbers on them. Gonna try and clean them tonight and see what I can find.
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Here's an update on where I am at. I discovered they used brass in the past on old hot rods and drag cars because they don't go off road with them. So I am going to be using poly. Now my next issue is that I don't know what brand of suspension it has. I went to the local offroad shop today to talk to a few guys. The leaf springs are not stock, don't know if it is a 2" or 2 1/2" lift but it does have the military leaf spring kit. I have Rancho shocks, so I am guessing it is going to be Rancho leaf springs, but I cant find any numbers on them. Gonna try and clean them tonight and see what I can find.
Call deaver spring - they can help
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